Sitting on your deck, enjoying a cold beer and grilling burgers with family and friends is the quintessential American summer pastime. But, if you have a wood deck, taking care of it can be anything but relaxing. It requires the occasional scrubbing and bleaching to rid it of mold and mildew. It requires staining and sealing every year or two. It requires sanding out splinters and replacing warped or rotting boards. Here are five reasons why your next deck should be made from composite decking materials instead.
Composite decking materials are largely made from recycled products that would otherwise likely end up in the landfill. Sawdust, plastic packaging, grocery sacks, and used milk jugs are some of the raw materials that make up the finished product.
Other than the occasional power wash to rid the deck of any surface dirt or mildew, your composite deck really doesn't need any additional upkeep once installed. Simply spray it down as needed. No more moving everything off of it and getting down on your hands and knees to stain and seal, waiting days for it to dry before you can use it again.
Wood decks, especially if they aren't routinely stained and sealed, eventually turn a weathered gray color. This makes your outdoor space look drab and decreases the overall curb appeal of your home. Composite decking products have a uniform color throughout that retains the original shade. While any material will fade from the sun eventually, most quality companies that manufacture composite decking materials will offer limited warranties, many up to 25 years, against fading. That is 25 years you don't have to worry about continual painting, staining, or sealing.
Rot And Pest Protection
The pressure treated lumber used in conventional wood decks used to be infused with arsenic, a dangerous poison. While the federal government put an end to this practice in 2003, copper has taken its place. While copper is a safer alternative, it is still a chemical, and its use is required to ensure the lumber is rot and pest resistant. Composite decking materials won't rot or become infested by carpenter ants and wood beetles, so they aren't treated with any harmful chemicals.
Because composite wood materials don't rot and splinter or become weakened by insect infestation, the structural integrity of your deck won't be compromised. Rotting of real wood planks can cause a serious safety hazard, particularly if used on elevated or second floor decks.